Dordt def. Midland 2-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
Abby Kraemer threw a season-high 16 strikeouts as the Dordt Defenders shut down the Midland offense in a 2-0 win on Saturday.
Kraemer struck out the side in the first two innings before the Dordt offense got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd. Brooklyn Van Oort opened the inning with a leadoff single followed by an Emma Groen base hit that left two runners on. Cassie Van Otterloo then hit a one-out single past the shortstop when Van Oort was caught at home trying to score. Then, with runners on the corners, Groen was sent home on a wild pitch to give the Defenders a 1-0 lead.
The pitchers were dealing through the middle innings before Midland threatened to score in the 6th. Emily Prai led with a double and an error on the next play put two Midland runners on base. With no outs, Kraemer struck out two and forced a pop out to keep the Warriors at zero.
Dordt gained an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th as Karli Olsen started with a double and Chandler Schemper reached on an error. Then, with the bases loaded after a fielder's choice, Ella Koster drew a two-out walk to make the score 2-0.
Only one hit was allowed in the final inning, giving Dordt the shutout win in game one.
Abby Kraemer threw 16 strikeouts in a complete game shutout
Emma Groen was 2-3 at the plate and scored a run
Cassie Van Otterloo, Brooklyn Van Oort, and Karli Olsen each recorded a hit